Urge NIH to investigate non-thermal biohazards of electromagnetic radiation

  • by: Sharon Douglass
  • recipient: Dr. Francis S. Collins, National Institutes of Health Director

Electromagnetic radiation is an ever-increasing biohazard best known as electrosmog. A few sources of EM radiation are electric appliances, electronics, computers, wireless devices, smart meters, cell towers, security systems and medical diagnostic and treatment applications. The criminal element has modified the technologies for its own misuses. Electrosensitivity, a cluster of symptoms, is caused by the interaction of these artificial EM fields with biological systems. As most medical practitioners are unfamiliar with the subject, those suffering from the syndrome are misdiagnosed or referred to mental health counseling. At best, the cluster- of-symptoms are treated separately, but the common cause is not pursued or cautioned. Sufferers remain in the hazardous environment while their health degrades.

The NIH mission includes seeking knowledge and applying it to enhance health, lengthen life and reduce illness and disability. Among other responsibilities, it provides leadership and direction by conducting and supporting research in the biological effects of environmental contaminants and in directing programs for the collection, dissemination and exchange of information in medicine and health. No such meaningful actions have been taken regarding electromagnetic biohazards.

There are few places left in the world that are free from EM radiation. Health effects can occur with very low, non-thermal exposure levels to EM fields, radio frequency and microwaves. The effects are cumulative. The World Health Organization has classified RF emissions as a group 2B carcinogen. EM radiation studies have shown links to cancer, leukemia, cardiac disorders, autism, Alzheimer's, compromised immune system, nervous system disorders, increased permeability of the blood-brain barrier, cell damage and DNA mutation, to name a few cautionary indications. A basis for environmental and public health policy, the Precautionary Principle states that when an activity raises threats of harm to human health or the environment, precautionary measures should be taken even if some cause and effect relationships are not fully established scientifically. NIH must step up to address the biohazard by funding research, issuing safe industry standards, advising consumers and the public of health risks and providing the medical community with diagnosis and treatment guidelines. Before we repeat the tragedies of ignoring the health risks of DDT, tobacco, leaded gasoline, lead paint, asbestos and thalidomide, I implore the NIH to make serious efforts to begin protecting the public and the environment.

Thank you, in advance, for your efforts,

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